volunteer: a non-paid representative of the extension unit for which the individual provides services.
registered volunteer: an adult or teen who has completed the full volunteer screening process —including application, reference check, interview, background check, and orientation — and has been appointed by the appropriate extension unit board. Registered volunteer status is required for adult or teen volunteers with authority to independently plan and conduct educational experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting. It is also required for a volunteer whose position places the individual in close, ongoing interaction with youth.
community/organizational leader, project leader, activity leader, judging team coach, or camp counselor; Discovery Days, camp, exchange trip or overnight event chaperone; countywide project leader;or chauffeur (driver) for any 4-H activities, etc.
episodic volunteer: a volunteer helping with a single "episode" or activity (usually along with a registered 4-H volunteer). This person is not required to complete the volunteer screening process. Episodic volunteers serve as workshop presenters, judges, guest speakers, etc.
Who Must Complete the 4-H Volunteer Screening Process?
4-H volunteer screening must be completed by:
- any individual who works in close, ongoing interaction with youth, or
- any adult or youth with authority to independently plan and conduct 4-H educational experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting.
Volunteers who do not fit into one of the above criteria would be considered episodic and do not need to complete the screening.
Steps to Become a New 4-H Volunteer
Complete the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application, available online, http://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/4H673.pdf or in print from the local extension office. The online version is a form-fillable PDF that may be filled out electronically, saved, and printed. The PDF also can be printed and the blanks filled by hand. Either way, a completed copy is turned in to the local extension office.
Volunteer interview with Extension staff.
Complete Background Checks:
Complete national criminal background check (CBC): https://www.validityscreen.com/apps/id/257/376/0/1). Filled out and submitted online.
The Kansas Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry (DCF) check release form (http://www.kansas4-h.org/doc16598.ashx). The volunteer completes the form, places it in the envelope and returns it to the Extension Office.
Complete the required 4-H Volunteer Orientation. Registration for the online orientation course: http://www.kansas4-h.org/onlinetraining.